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The Mess They Leave Behind

I hope these Breslover Chasidim got what they wanted out of this visit… and that it was worth the Chilul HaShem it ended up making.
Breslover Chasidim in Uman.

Breslover Chasidim in Uman.
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Well… they may be grateful for the revenue. But they are most certainly not grateful for the mess these people leave behind. The impression left by these people is that Jews are an unruly bunch who couldn’t care less about the properties they rent

It’s probably true that the Ukrainians in Uman appreciate the money. But the price these Chasidim pay is far more than the money they spend there. It is a price too high to put a financial value on. It s the price of creating a Chilul HaShem.

It is especially grievous when people leave the holy land during this time of year. And leave their wives and children behind. And spend the money and the time to travel to the Ukraine. I don’t think that is what God has in mind for the Jewish people during this time of year. And God certainly does not approve of it when it ends up in a Chilul HaShem.

If the Breslover Rebbe were still alive, he would not only disapprove, he would forbid his Chasidim from ever going to his grave again… at least not in such massive numbers.

He would have been right. I don’t like bans. But banning this might not be such a bad idea.

Footnote:
I leave for Israel today and will be located in Ramat Bet Shemesh for Yom Tov. My blogging schedule will not be affected. I expect to be publishing new posts every day except of course on Shabbos and Yom Tov. However my moderation duties will be affected for the next 24 hours or so. If your comment goes into moderation. Be patient. I will resume moderating the comments tomorrow after I arrive and get settled in.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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3 Responses to “The Mess They Leave Behind”

  1. YehonatanA says:

    The author of this article writes: “I could never understand the Uman phenomenon. I just don’t get what they get out of it.” That is very true. He just doesn’t get it – at all. The reality of going to Rabbi Nachman’s grave is that the vast majority of people who go there have life-changing experiences that greatly strengthen their service of G-d, and their respect for other human beings.
     The extremely negative focus of this article is only on the small minority who come to Rabbi Nachman who lack basic descency and/or common sense. How does the joke go? In Kol Nidre, we request to have permission to pray together with the evil sinners, the “poshim.” Why don’t we request this on Rosh Hashana? Because all of the Poshim are in Uman!
    It attests to the greatness of Rabbi Nachman, that even ex-cons (or not so “ex” cons) make so much effort to go there. Because Rabbi Nachman offers hope to everybody. And on the way back from Uman, one can see that the hardened faces of a poshea has become a little more happy and full of light. If there are some Charedi people who go who are not sensitive enough about the needs of other communities, they leave Uman a little more friendly to outsiders. Uman isn’t the cause of all these problems, it is a magnet for people with problems, and the place where all the problems start to get solved.
    -Yonatan

  2. Ravcherri says:

    What makes me so sick is the author’s never ending Charedi-bashing. We understand that the Satan himself looks for fault in the Jewish Nation. Here we have a person who once learned doing it.  And sadly the Jewish Press prints this stuff. Although most Jews would never think of going to the Ukraine for Rosh HaShanah we should do what is right for ourselves and then mind our business. Had this been Maryles only negative article on Charedim I would not have replied. But this is his wicked agenda. Did it ever occur to him that the locals are the children and grandchildren of the Ukrainian Nazi SS that shed the blood of our Bubbas and Zeida’s all over the soil of that land? Harry if you want to open up the books of Breslov with half truths and accusing finger nobody is stopping you.In shamayim your books are being opened up as well because of your activities.I guess the Midas Hadin will find you as cleans as a hounds tooth.Why else would you point an accusing finger during the Yemei Hadin? Good luck on Yom Kippur.

  3. Basetrais says:

    It’s simple. We live in a pluralistic world now. People no longer think of themselves as just one identifty any longer, either racially, ethinically or religionlistically. It will continue this way. This is the way of the world.

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